Feb. 7, 2012
Stanford Cardinal (16-7, 6-5 Pac-12)
UCLA Bruins (13-10, 6-5 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 8 p.m.
Site:Los Angeles Sports Arena (15,000) Los Angeles, CA
Series History: UCLA leads 135-91
Last Meeting: Stanford 60, UCLA 59 (Dec. 29, 2011)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: John Platz, Analyst: Drew Shiller)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: David Lombardi)
TV: Prime Ticket (PBP: Joel Meyers, Analyst: Don MacLean, Sideline: Courtney Jones)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (16-7, 6-5 Pac-12) travels to Southern California this weekend hoping to regain its winning ways. The Cardinal has dropped four of its last five overall, sliding down to sixth place in the Pac-12 after sitting in a tie for first place in mid-January. The road trip begins with a matchup against UCLA (13-10, 6-5 Pac-12).
UCLA (13-10, 6-5 Pac-12) has won three of its last four overall. As this year's renovation of Pauley Pavilion continues, the Bruins are playing their home games at Honda Center and the Los Angeles Sports Arena ... The Bruins are 10-3 at home, having not lost since a 69-59 setback to Texas on Dec. 3 ... UCLA is coming off a road split of the Washington schools, winning at Washington State ... Picked to win the conference in the preseason media poll, UCLA struggled mightily earlier in the year. The Bruins were just 2-5 through the first week of December ... The Bruins are averaging 69.8 points and 34.0 rebounds per game while shooting 46.9 percent overall. Opponents are averaging 63.7 points and 31.0 rebounds ... Watch out for: Lazeric Jones (13.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 43 steals, 102 assists), Travis Wear (11.8 ppg), Josh Smith (10.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 59.6 percent FG) and David Wear (10.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Stanford All-Time vs. UCLA
UCLA owns a 135-91 edge in the series, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign. The Bruins have won three of the last four matchups and nine of the last 11 overall. Stanford notched a 60-59 victory at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 29 in this year's Pac-12 opener for both teams. UCLA swept both meetings last year, winning 68-57 at home and 69-65 on the road.
Who To Watch Against UCLA
Josh Owens is averaging 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in five contests while making 22-35 tries from the floor. Jarrett Mann has averaged 4.1 points and 4.0 assists in six career games. Anthony Brown is averaging 10.6 points in three matchups and is 12-26 from the field. All six of Aaron Bright's buckets against UCLA have come from long distance.